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Hello From Las Vegas! No April fool here, we hit 90 sunny, beautiful, warm degrees on April 1, Two-Thousand-and-Yo-Eleven. (Yo is a craps term… I’m not a rapper). I had to resist the temptation to drop a photo of the outdoor thermometer (sits in the shade of my back patio) to my many friends in the Northeast U.S. and Canada who were dealing with ice and snow. I was dining al fresco and watching sports on my outdoor TV, enjoying the shade with a cool beverage in my hand.
Sorry For The Typos – Had a couple of glaring typos in this segment last issue. Normally, Newkirk’s Notes gets composed over the course of a week. Kind of like blogging, except that everything gets held and put together in one column. Normally, I have time to inspect and edit. Was in a serious rush last issue due to the delays I noted and missed a couple of errors.
Call Me A Fortune Teller – In a couple of months, reports will come out about how well Las Vegas tourism is starting to do and how great the spring months were when compared to the previous 2-3 years. Local print and online scribes will write articles about it and discuss where Las Vegas is heading and you’ll start to hear a little talk here and there about the comeback of Las Vegas.
I don’t have to wait for reports and news stories. I’m going to tell you right now that this spring has been absolutely on fire as far as visitation. Why? I have two eyes that work pretty good and we’ve been out seeing it for ourselves!
Take this past week: Monday night a craving for the $1.99 shrimp cocktail at Golden Gate took me downtown. Remember my advice a couple months ago to skip downtown on Monday and Tuesdays as it wasn’t very busy? You can toss that out the window. Downtown was busy both inside (especially good table game crowds) and outside on Fremont Street.
Wednesday, we went to a live taping of Pub Crawl (watch it archived steaming online: Pub Crawl #24) and drove the entire Strip then spent some time mid-strip prior to the 8 PM show taping. Once again, serious crowds. Lots of happy looking people.
Some may say Well, duh, Ted… it is March Madness and Spring Break. That is why the town is hopping. That doesn’t mean Vegas is back. Au contraire, my friends. No March Madness that week (weekdays) as the finals are over the weekend. And, we spottedáa few families doing spring break, but not many. The vast majority of visitors appeared to be couples over 40. Las Vegas’ core audience (despite what all the celeb and club promotion may lead you to believe).
I’m cutting it short this week for a good cause. We’re about to revamp the main page of AccessVegas.com to make it much more readable, enjoyable, with new features, and improved navigation. We are also laying plans to bring a user community and message boards online so that you can all enjoy talking Vegas with each other and maybe making some new friends. And yes… working on future reader meet/greets. So, I’m hard at work after all.
Plus… we have three really good Members Mania posts. All of which you should be commenting on (your comments matter) and two of which I give my usual detailed advice on matters that will help make your next visit a better one.
Enjoy This Issue!
Associate Editor: Amy Rayner-Cooley
News Researcher/Editor: Rick Ziegler
Central 24/7 By Chef Michel Richard To Open At Caesars Palace Las Vegas – Caesars Palace announced today James Beard award-winning Chef Michel Richard will bring a version of his popular Washington D.C restaurant to Las Vegas. Central 24/7 by Michel Richard is scheduled to open in late summer of 2011 and will occupy the current Augustus CafÚ space adjacent to the iconic Caesars Palace hotel lobby. Central 24/7 will offer a 24-hour dining experience daily highlighting breakfast, lunch and dinner selections. The 9,600 square-foot restaurant will seat approximately 300 guests in total including an outdoor patio terrace. The restaurant also will feature a large lounge complete with full bar including several beers on tap and a specialty cocktail menu.
- Full story/details/info: Central 24/7 By Chef Michel Richard To Open
First Food & Bar Announces Tiger’s Blood Transfusion Cocktail – The fun, creative team at FIRST Food & Bar inside the Palazzo has created a cocktail honoring the craziness that is the world of pop culture this month.
Tiger’s Blood Transfusion
1 1/2 ounces Effen Raspberry
1/2 Ounce Canton
1/8 ounce Chambourd
Juice of one blood orange
1 tsp Blood Orange Bitters
- Full story/details/info: Tiger’s Blood Transfusion Cocktail
Azure Luxury Pool At The Palazzo Opens for 2011 Season – Azure Luxury Pool at The Palazzo, the only daytime pool experience of its kind in Las Vegas, is opening for another stylish season with new amenities and star-studded soirees including the red carpet grand opening on April 9. Embodying sophistication at its finest, Azure Luxury Pool is a haven for the guest seeking a refined and exclusive pool club atmosphere. Azure Luxury Pool features contemporary and stylish decor with plush daybeds surrounded by lush greenery and a picturesque rotunda with stunning Strip views. For those looking for an even more intimate experience, 11 luxurious cabanas surround the pools offering a bevy of amenities including exceptional bottle service.
- Full story/details/info: Azure Luxury Pool At The Palazzo Opens for 2011 Season on March 19
Indulge In A Taste Of Tropical Temptation With Signature Cocktail, Coconut Colada At Palms Pool & Bungalows – Palms Pool & Bungalows at Palms Casino Resort embraces the summer season with the introduction of its signature cocktail, the Coconut Colada, available now. Mixologist for 9 Group, Dave Herlong, combines Ciroc Coconut, fresh coconut water and Coco Lopez to create a hydrating libation perfect for escaping the desert heat. For $18, the Coconut Colada is served in a fresh coconut shell, encouraging poolside partygoers to cool down and sail away on a tropical dream.
- Full story/details/info: Indulge In A Taste Of Tropical Temptation, Coconut Colada At Palms Pool & Bungalows
Rockhouse Celebrates National Guitar Month – Purchase A Signature 80-ounce Guitar Cup And Receive A Free Shot In April – Get ready to rock out a little harder in April as Rockhouse celebrates National Guitar Month. Patrons can celebrate National Guitar Month by rocking out with one of Rockhouse’s signature 80-ounce souvenir guitars, priced at just $35 each. Throughout the month of April, all partygoers will also receive a complimentary shot with each guitar purchase. Offered in a variety of colors and filled with an assortment of beverages, from frozen daiquiris to ice-cold draft beers, Rockhouse’s guitar cups offer something for everyone.
- Full story/details/info: Rockhouse Celebrates National Guitar Month
Maverick Wind Dancer Sunset Helicopter Tour û Enjoy an extended landing time in Hualapai Indian Territory. Champagne, beverages and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Adventure concludes with a sunset flight over Downtown Las Vegas and the Las Vegas Strip.
What We’re Watching û Vegas Videos You’ll Enjoy
- The Shark Reef Aquarium At Mandalay Bay – The Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay recently celebrated its tenth anniversary here in the Valley. This awesome local attraction houses more than 2,000 dangerous animals ranging from sharks and piranhas to a golden crocodile and Komodo Dragon with a fantastic personality. If you haven’t taken advantage of what Shark Reef has to offer, you really should.
- What is the future of construction in the Las Vegas Valley? – With so many projects on hold and public projects like new City Hall (both Las Vegas and North Las Vegas) plus the McCarran Airport expansion finishing up, what is the future of construction here in Las Vegas?
- Las Vegas Mob Experience opens this week – This week brought the opening of the Mob Experience at The Tropicana. Take a sneak peak at the attraction and hear from some of the families of the infamous mobsters featured.
- Living In Las Vegas Episode #100 – Scott and Melissa Whitney celebrate their 100’th episode about what it is like to live (and have fun in) Las Vegas, NV. Among topics covered this episode are MGM Grand on Undercover Boss, the deputy district attorney who brought Paris Hilton and Bruno Mars to court arrested for cocaine possession, best places to eat in downtown Las Vegas and Hot or Horrible: Triple George Grill.
- Michael Boychuck’s COLOR Salon: Find Your Color with Kate starting Vegas Vixen Laura Croft – Michael BoychuckÆs stylish salon, COLOR, at Caesars Palace, has launched “Find Your Color with Kate,” a series of glamorous makeup tutorials by Director of Cosmetics, Kate Stromberg. The series will showcase Vegas’ hottest starlets, a variety of glamorous looks, and the step-by-step process on how to achieve amazing results. Holly’s World star Laura Croft and COLOR Salon’s Kate Stromberg show you how to create this look for yourself.
Members Mania – We Love Our Readers!
- Las Vegas Trip Report û Viva Elvis, “New” Tropicana, Nikki Cafe, Ellis Island Food Specials, More! – Reader Gary from Northern Illinois posted a great report about his recent trip. Well worth the read and I comment with some response and added tips of my own.
- Las Vegas Penny Slots A Ripoff? Have Your Gambling Habits Changed? – People are gambling 1/3 less than they used to here in Las Vegas. Is it the recession or is it because of tight slots and poor table game rules? What is your experience and have you changed the amount or way you gamble? Make sure to not only read, but add your comments as well.
- Going To Las Vegas Alone û Do You Do It? Do You Feel Safe? – A recurring topic is about visiting Las Vegas alone. If you visit Las Vegas along, click over to this post and share your thoughts and comments with everyone!
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More Las Vegas News – Concerts – Events
- Grannys Just Wanna Have Fun (At Chippendales) – Nursing Home Residents Hit Rio Show (with video)
Book Chippendales Las Vegas Tickets Now
- The Power of Love – A review of Celine’s new show for the reluctant fan
Book Celine Dion Las Vegas Tickets Now
- Celine Dion has grown into her diverse new Colosseum showcase
- Some fans want more Celine Dion hits
- Ventriloquist, Terry Fator, keeps experimenting with new material and a new puppet
Book Terry Factor Las Vegas Tickets Now
- Impressionist, Terry Fator, takes charge with latest DVD
- Video Vault: Bouncing, bussing at The Brewery (with video)
- Underdogs Boosting Some Sports Bettors (with video)
- New Gun Laws Possible in Nevada (with video)
- Conventioneers Predict Positive Year for Las Vegas Trade Shows (with video)
- Lawmakers to Discuss Nevada Lottery Bill (with video)
- ‘Absinthe’ aims to restore decadence, danger with circus, burlesque blend
- Mob Experience wipes away the blood, highlights the puppies
- Mob Experience gala draws crowd
- Posh Boutique Nightclub caters to those looking for a place to party late
- DJ Vice keeps party going at Tao Nightclub at The Venetian
- A First Peek at Burger King’s ‘Whopper Bar’ Inside the Rio Hotel
- Bunz on the run – ‘Tasty Bunz’ is the latest, and perhaps most original, gourmet food truck
- McCarran to welcome Mexico’s Volaris with non-stop service to Guadalajara
- Ely County of Nevada officials told air service to Las Vegas to begin
- Internet poker supporters point to tax dollars – opponents question legality
- South Point owner Gaughan in favor of online poker
- Badlands’ challenging layout key to player’s fulfillment
- Meet the man who might become the [sprorts-book] making king
- Lake Mead, Lake Mohave Offer Free Memorial Day Entry for Safe Boaters
- Las Vegas lends itself to weird urban legends
- ‘Chip Monk’ redeems gambling spoils left in church collection plates
- Tropicana phasing in change – Overhaul of casino, rooms nearly done, entertainment is next
- Report finds Las Vegas among America’s least toxic cities
- Elizabeth Taylor had links to Las Vegas
- Uncashed casino payout tickets could bring millions to Nevada
- Legalizing casino gambling helped revive Nevada 80 years ago
- Las Vegas home prices fall below 2000 levels with no relief in sight
- With support for gay marriage growing, will Nevada cash in?
- Push for test of red-light cameras dies again
- Japan crisis should revive Yucca Mountain
- Mayor candidate, Victor Chaltiel, makes impression – venture capitalist hoping French accent doesn’t hurt
- Mayor candidates push movie, TV incentives for Southern Nevada